‘It felt like an explosion’: Wharton home destroyed by uprooted tree during Isaias

A Wharton home was destroyed when a tree fell on it during Tropical Storm Isaias.

News 12 Staff

Aug 9, 2020, 2:00 PM

Updated 1,342 days ago

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A Wharton home was destroyed when a tree fell on it during Tropical Storm Isaias.
 
Gregorio Ramirez says he and his family were inside their Baker Avenue house at the time of the incident.
"All I remember is the sound," Ramirez says. "Large sound--it felt like an explosion inside the home."
 
The tree sliced through the master bedroom and living room of the home.
Ramirez says he frantically searched for his children, who were close to the living room that was destroyed by the tree. He says he found his 9-year-old son, but he had to continue searching under the rubble for his 7-year-old daughter.
 
"I felt her little hand and I yanked her out and I hugged her so hard," Ramirez says. "And I knew that she was alive and I was able to carry my kids out."
 
Ramirez was able to get the children out of the home and into the care of a neighbor as he went back inside to rescue his fiancee, who was upstairs.
 
The home moved off the foundation and is no longer stable, making it a total loss.
Ramirez says as bad as the damage was to his house, he's just happy no one got hurt.
"To be honest with you, all I think about are the memories. All the memories that we built here. But I'm OK looking at the house like this and I'm OK with losing everything because, as long as I have my family, I'm OK with everything else," he says.

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